Refinishing a vintage SG

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  1. Notes69

    Notes69 Active Member

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    Wow. That SG is stunning. I just love that head stock. Nice work.
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Excellent work, beerbelly... :cheers:
     
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    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    Very nice job, like new

    ;)
     
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    Hey DrBGood, Beerbelly here. Can you tell me a little about your Epi '61 SG Special Reissue? I'm liking the looks of those. They look pretty authentic, and I'm wondering about the sound & build quality. Some have said they can be neck heavy; how's yours?
     
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    It's the thinnest neck I ever played. No neck dive on this one. The guitar is around 6.5 lbs, verrry light and agile. It plays like a toy, almost by itself. Of all the guitars I have, that one will never go.
    Nice built. Some things have to be taken care of though. The bridge has to be lowered to get a low enough action, on most the ones I know about. By recessing it's bushings into the body. A little fret work might also be needed, it was on mine. But once those are done, it's like candy.
    Pickups are some of the best P90s I've tried. Chimy and raw when you want them to be. They respond very well to the guitar volume knob. Absolutly no need to replace them. I'd buy a second hand set if I saw one.

    I had mine for a song, but if I was to loose it or something, I'd be ready to pay the price to get another one.

    Ask ScottMarlowe, ChaseB, Gahr, they're all pretty fond of theirs. One guy, can't remember his name, bought two or three in a row.
     
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    Agreed on the P-90s. I own two, one converted to minihums. The P-90s are great, the neck is pretty thin, the balance is good. Mine had two frets that weren't all the way seated. That's all the fret issues mine had. The veneer on my cherry one is off by about 15 degrees for some reason, but I don't notice when I'm playing. :)
     
  7. beerbelly

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    I'm gonna keep my eye on CL and ebay; I think I need one of those.
     
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    Check revberb.com and musicgoround.com also ;)
     
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    Does anyone have a nice Gibson USA SG case they'd being willing to sell me for this old Junior? I have the original case, but it's in rough shape.
     
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    I'm hoping for a Gibson USA case like this, in nice condition:

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    Ok, I understand . IMHO the best Gibson / TKL case were made near year 1990 to 2000

    If you are patient, kept silent can find a bargain.

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    After a lot of looking for a used case, I broke down and bought a new Gibson Gear case. Fits nice & snug, with the extra support near the nut that the Epi and many others don't have. Smells like vanilla too. Mmmmm, vanilla.......

    '64 SG Jr. in new case.JPG
     
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    Totally worth it !
     
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    It's been a while since I refinished this SG, but I gotta tell ya, I LOVE this f**king guitar! Since I bought this one on ebay years ago, I've had many Gibsons- a '63 SG Special, a Custom Shop VOS SG, a '61 SG RI, a 2006 SG Jr. with a Maestro, and a Les Paul plus top. All are gone, because none can compare to this one. I believe it must be the old wood from the Kalamazoo factory, the day it was assembled, and maybe some kind of special lunar mojo that makes this one so superior. I sold my '63 Special because, while it should be a higher-end guitar, it just didn't compare.

    I truly believe there can be a magical combination of circumstances that create an extraordinary guitar, and I feel lucky that I've found one. I'm sure (and hope) there are many of you that feel the same way.
     
  18. KidRockFan

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    Hey beerbelly,

    I just ran across this thread... All I can say is WOW... It is simply stunning... Great job...
     
  19. kingmlg

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    Very nice job. You sure got the new look on it. This is a 63 I refinished with all original parts. Since the pickups and hardware were very worn looking, I went for the aged finish to match everything else on it. I've done quite a few Gibson refins and it's not Gibson blasphemy if it comes to you already F***** up. You do some pretty good work. With lacquer, it's all in the buff out. I have a 64 melody maker in for a refinish right. And you are right about the color on a sg. Keep up the good work. IMG_20160716_063915.jpg
     
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    beautiful junior....

    good job !!!
     

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